Even the most skillfully performed surgical procedure is just the initial step towards a successful outcome and complete healing. Research has shown that surgery often makes people serious about doing their rehab, but that the rehab could have been as effective, even in a shorter time frame, if it was respected from the start. Traumatic injuries which happen in a split second (like falling and breaking a bone or rupturing a ligament) may, depending on what damage is sustained, require more than just physiotherapy, but very rarely are individuals able to avoid compensations following an injury or operation and that’s where physiotherapy comes in. Where it is the Surgeon’s job to restore structural stability, it is the Physiotherapist’s job to restore pain-free range of movement, dynamic stability, function and strength.
How do I benefit from Post operative physiotherapy after discharge from hospital?
Usually following an operation, some physiotherapy in the hospital is prescribed. This can be simple exercises to minimise complications, like chest infections and you may even be prescribed some early strengthening exercises. This early treatment is seldom sufficient for full rehabilitation and upon discharge you will be advised to have on-going re-assessments and receive updates to your program. Rehab doesn’t end when the pain is gone. We as Physiotherapists need to keep it from coming back. You’ll benefit from an exercise program that fully regains your strength, flexibility and function. This way you can return to a normal lifestyle quickly and safely.
Do I need to liaise with my surgeon to obtain post operative physiotherapy?
It is always beneficial to inform your surgeon where you will receive post-operative care and he/she may want to communicate specific requests. Your Physiotherapist may already understand the treatment protocol prescribed by your surgeon, as our training includes various protocols and we often know in advance what will be needed. If you have any specific requirements based on your individual surgery you need only tell us and we’ll be happy to work with your surgeon and aim to make improvements in all areas needed while respecting the safety-framework required by him or her. Contact us directly and we can advise you accordingly.
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